Damn, I love all this; these folks are sincerely badass activists. In the theme of ‘nothing left to lose’, they understand that they, and their values and solutions must prevail…or else. Last week I wrote about the People’s Summit that many said was being taken over by various eco-groups and other NGO’s that were far too allied with corporate green-washers, or Green Capitalists (you can read it here.) Even though I followed the stories, it’s still unclear to me which global Indigenous groups are participating in the People’s Summit or even different parallel Summits; but no matter: the actions will all be great. Today is a big day for the Indigenous Peoples around the globe:
Media alert for Thursday June 21, 2012 Indigenous Peoples Set to Deliver Kari-Oca II Declaration to Rio+20 Leaders Indigenous Peoples will march to the United Nations Rio+20 Summit tomorrow to deliver the historic Kari-Oca II Declaration to the Rio+20 Secretary-General, Sha Zukang. Ratified by over five hundred Indigenous Peoples from Brazil and throughout the world, the Kari-Oca II declaration demands respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and the dignity of Mother Earth and condemns the Green Economy as the privatization of Life. PHOTOS AND VISUALS: Indigenous Peoples will be in ceremonial regalia.
Yesterday, Indigenous activists from North and South America held a march in Rio to protest ‘The Greed Economy’ the other Summit is promoting (I think you’ll love this video).